Parent Update Announcements


posted Jun 18, 2018, 4:48 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon and welcome to the last weekly parent update of the school year!  Today was a very special day at the middle school as we had two major events; the Silver Hawk Award Ceremony and the Talent Show.  

Regarding the Talent Show, I am always amazed as to the varied talents our students possess.  It is pretty cool to see the things that they do as we often do not have a platform here for them to show off their skills.  Kudos to Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Moynihan for organizing this event.

We started off the day with the 3rd Trimester Silver Hawk Awards.  We did things differently this trimester by increasing the number of recipients (it is always difficult for the teachers to pick just one boy and one girl each time.  We decided to take a page out of the Unified Arts Team method of choosing Silver Hawks: Each teacher (at each grade level) votes for the students (no limit) who they feel best exemplify what it is to be a responsible, resourceful, respectful and confident learner.  If the student receives a vote from each and everyone of their teachers then they earn the award.

Winners for each grade level (and UA) for Trimester 3 are:  Grade 8 - Kaleena Dyer, Vanessa Genakos, Nicole Green, Ashley Kulscar, Zoe Lehneman, Alexa Leonard, Avery Marshall, Harry Meehan, Josh Merriam, Alainnah Penney, Nathaniel Poll, Mackenzie Roys, Reece Sadler & Matthew Smith.  Grade 7 - Samuel Cheek, Patrick Gandini, Murphy Harris, Sydney Irons, Michael Kitto, Landon Lewis, Camryn Marshall, Madison Nash, Lauryn Nash-Boucher, Savannah Neuman, Ashley Sanderson, Joseph Schelb, Lily Tierno & Taryn Wernig.  Grade 6 - Elizabeth Albert, Aiden Bondaz, Madeline Burlock, Samantha Dahl, Sienna Diaz, Kimberly Griffin, Carolina Guest, Madelyn Guest, Ryan Guyer, Hayley Jeffreys, Haukur Karlsson, Abigail Kenyon, Scott Kulscar, Charlotte Lehr, Rosabella Lesniak, Abigail Seal, Lydia Stefan, Rylee Stefan, Benjamin Suranyi & Addy Wernig.  Grade 5 - Rachel Beck, Hunter Bell, Anna Coapland, Georgia Eckhardt, Isabelle Johnson, Abigail Morin, Kendall Myers, Lamija Pintol, Sophia Powers & Benjamin Wolpin.  Unified Arts - (Grade 8) - Zoe Lehneman, Avery Marshall, Anna Cook, Tyler Hazelton, Harper Meehan, Owen Nelson, Lauren Sikoski & Catherine Stow; (Grade 7) - Sam Cheek, Patrick Gandini, Murphy Harris, Sydney Irons, Camryn Marshall, Savannah Neuman, Ashley Sanderson, Joseph Schelb, Taryn Wernig, Emily Watson, Maria Uicker, Brenna O’Connor, Alison Kenyon, Madison Hazelton & Alexandra Fay; (Grade 6) - Elizabeth Albert, Madeline Burlock, Samantha Dahl, Caroline Guest, Madelyn Guest, Ryan Guyer, Hayley Jeffreys, Abigail Kenyon, Rosabella Lesniak, Addy Wernig, Elli Nicholas, Lela Hodgkins, Eva Lacy, Vincent Marcella, Rylee Powers, Carter Forest & Tristan Reinhold; (Grade 5) - Rachel Beck, Hunter Bell, Lamija Pintol, Sophie Powers, Josiah Valentine, Micah Javalgi, Harry Jenkins, Carter Laliberte & Lauren Nazer.

Our Robotics Team, led by Mrs. Damato, gave a wonderful presentation on their year to the Gilford Rotary last Friday.  Abby Kenyon, Drew DeCarli and Mikey Mitchell spoke to the organization about their competitions, building/programming their robot, and what they learned about “waste” through their visit to the Franklin Water Plant.

If your child did not order a yearbook and would still like one, we do have a few extras that you may purchase ($20).  Please contact Mrs. Moynihan, if you are interested.

I have attached 4 documents to this email:  Two regarding our Summer Math Academy, one for our Summer Theatre Program (deadline to register is Monday), and one for a fundraising basketball tournament put on by the Partnership for Public Health.

Next week’s events:

Monday - 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston and York Animal Kingdom

Tuesday - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain

Wednesday - 6th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

Thursday - 8th Grade Moving Up Day (9:30); Early Dismissal (11:30); Last Day of School

Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful summer with your families.  Don’t be afraid to encourage your child to pick up a book (or three) to read this summer.  Some creative math activities would not hurt either. “Down” time is important, too, so be sure to have some fun!

Take care,


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, July 15, 2018:
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 4 - 6) Online Brochure.pdf
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 7-8) Online Brochure.pdf
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2018 (2).pdf
quest for the net for winni region.pdf


posted Jun 11, 2018, 5:26 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  The kids can see the finish line.  Please encourage them to remain diligent in their studies up until the end.  It can be tough this time of year but our staff is working hard to keep the students in their routine as it will help finish the year on a positive note for all.

I have attached a couple of documents regarding this GMS Summer Theatre Camp that Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham are running again this summer.

Please be sure that you are mindful of your student’s lunch account balance.  As of Monday, they will not be able to charge for meals in the cafeteria. You may pay online here, by check (payable to “GMS Food Service”), or cash.  If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Director, Jonathan Dupuis.  

Tonight is our last dance of the year.  As always, 6th graders may attend this dance. The dance runs from 7:00-8:30 and the cost is $5.00.  Please be prompt when picking up your child.

Next Week’s Events:

  • Wednesday - Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30)

  • Thursday - 7th Grade Field Trip to Boston Museum of Science; Last Homework Group of the school year

  • Friday - Talent Show (1:00); GMS Pops Night (6:30)

Thank you and have a nice start to Motorcycle Week!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, July 08, 2018:
Sign Up for Peter Pan Jr Summer 2018.pdf
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2018 (2).pdf


posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  June is here and the end of another school year rapidly approaches.  Lots of dates that you should be aware as we come into the last three weeks of school:

  • Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 pm, the GMS Theatre Company’s production of “The Addams Family” at the high school auditorium.  Hope you can come and enjoy the show that Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham have directed for you.

  • June 8 - The 6th-8th school dance in our cafeteria (7:00-8:30)

  • June 13 - Final Cribbage Play of the year (2:30-3:30)

  • June 14 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Boston Museum of Science; Last day for Homework Group

  • June 15 - Middle School Talent Show (1:00)

  • June 18 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston or York’s Animal Kingdom

  • June 19 - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain

  • June 20 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

  • June 21 - Last Day of School (11:30 dismissal) and 8th Grade Moving Up Day Ceremony (9:30)

Kudos to our Band and Chorus students who gave two outstanding performances at last Friday night’s Fisher Cats game in Manchester.  The Band kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a spectacular performance of “America the Beautiful” followed by an absolutely magnificent rendition of our National Anthem sung by our chorus.  And it typical GMS fashion, their behavior was at an All-Star level!

Thank you and I hope you have a nice weekend.



posted May 25, 2018, 10:57 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Please take some time this weekend to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms and the freedom for others around the world.  A great way to do this is to take part in the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade featuring our band students in grades 7-12. The program begins at 10:00 on Monday in front of the Gilford Community Church.

Our Unified Indoor Soccer Team has a big week next week with two games.  The first is on Tuesday at 3:30 versus the Spaulding Youth Center here at GMS.  Then on Wednesday, they travel to Merrimack Valley Middle School for a 12:30 match.  Students may either bring their own lunch or check in with me to eat lunch here at school during our first lunch time.

I have attached this month’s edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec Newsletter.

Kudos to our 6th Graders!  They earned $718.96 from their Economy Unit project!  All of the proceeds will be donated to the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.”  I am very proud of my 6th graders for working so hard and raising money for such a worthy organization.

I have also attached two flyers for our Annual Summer Math Academy.  One for current students in grades 4-6 and the other for current students in grades 7-8.

Other events next week:

  • Tuesday = Baseball/Softball at Winnisquam (3:30)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Laconia (3:30); Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30)

  • Thursday = Annual 7th Grade Gilford Beach Clean-up

  • Friday, June 1 & Saturday June 2 = GMS production of “The Addams Family” in the high school auditorium.  Once again, Director Matt Demko has two different casts and Technical Director, Aaron Witham, has one talent tech crew running both shows!

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, June 24, 2018:
P&R News May '18.pdf
Summer 2018 Math Academy (Grades 4 - 6) Online Brochure (1).pdf
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 7-8) Online Brochure.pdf


posted May 21, 2018, 7:45 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Just like last week’s update, I hope you get this in time so it serves as a reminder of our Choral Concert tonight at the high school (7:00).  Our talented vocalists, led by Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Sanborn, are sure to put on an enjoyable evening for you. Hope to see you there!

I have attached to this email the high school’s National Honor Society sponsored Memorial Day Race and Parade information.  Students from both the middle and high school always conduct a poignant ceremony and parade in honor of our fallen veterans.

Next Tuesday night is the district’s GEEF/STEAM Expo.  Our Robotics Team, led by Mrs. Damato, will be on hand showing off their robot that they have built and coded.  The event begins at 5:30 at the elementary school.

Speaking of our Robotics Team, last Saturday they competed in their last event.  We were fortunate enough to have enough students to send two teams to the competition.  Team “G5” consisting of Clark Blackwelder, Ben Selfridge, Ben Smith and Ben Wolpin (maybe they should have been named team “Ben”?) placed 5th out of 16 teams.  The other team, “LEGOSmiths” consisting of Abby Kenyon, Drew Decarli, Aydn Berube and Mikey Mitchell finished in 7th place. This team won the Judges Award for the presentation.  Congrats to both teams for a job well done!

The 2nd grade is holding a yard sale this Saturday from 8:00-11:00 at the elementary school.  If it rains, the event will be held in the cafeteria. Proceeds are to benefit the Gilford Got Lunch program.

Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Track Meet at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith (4:00)

  • Tuesday = Baseball & Softball (4:00); GEEF/STEAM Expo at GES (5:30)

  • Thursday =  Baseball & Softball (4:00)

  • Friday = Baseball (3:30) & Softball (4:00) at Newfound; Music Trip to Fishercats game

Thank you and have a nice evening.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 16, 2018:
2018 Memorial Day Race & Parade.pdf


posted May 11, 2018, 4:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  I hope you get this email in time as a reminder (if you needed it) for the Monster Band Concert taking place at GHS at 7:00 tonight.  Students from all three schools (plus Gilmanton!) will dazzle us with their talent. Pre-kudos to Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Beyrent for doing such a great job in conducting these musicians.  Next week, it’ll be Mr. Warnick (again) and Mrs. Sanborn leading our vocalists! Same time, same place next Thursday.

Congrats to our PTA Poetry Contest Winners.  Each of the grade level winners will receive a $10 gift card from Jordan’s Ice Cream and the overall middle school winner will get a $50 Amazon gift card.  You can hear them read their poems next Wednesday night at 6:00 in the Gilford Public Library. Here they are:

  • 5th Grade = Kendall Myers

  • 6th Grade = Andrew McDonough

  • 7th Grade = Murphy Harris

  • 8th Grade = Colby Smith

  • Overall GMS Winner = Samuel Leggett

Upcoming Volunteer Fingerprinting and Orientation Clinics during the Kindergarten Visitation so that new parents can go through the process at GES.  All other parents are invited to attend, too. They are both on June 19 from 9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00.

I have attached the brochure for the Gilford Youth Center’s Summer Program.

On Tuesday, May 22, GES is hosting this year’s Community Partner/Teaching and Learning EXPO from 5:30-7:30.  This is to show off what our students do here in the district as well as celebrating the tremendous support the district receives from community partners.  

The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a Comedy Night (presented by Cantin Chevrolet) this Saturday from 6:30-10:00.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Our 8th Graders are traveling to NHTI tomorrow to the annual “Financial Literacy Fair.”  They will participate in a hands-on event that propels them through the personal financial management process, including career selection, budgeting for housing, transportation, luxuries, etc.  This will be the third year that our 8th grade class has participated and each class comes back acknowledging that it was a most worthwhile trip.

Next week’s events:

  • The 5th & 8th Graders will do their Reading and Writing NH State Assessments.

  • Monday = Track Meet (4:00)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Belmont (3:30); Unified Indoor Soccer at Laconia (3:30); PTA Poetry Reflections Night at the Gilford Public Library (6:00)

  • Thursday = Choral Concert (7:00)

  • Friday = Early Release (12:20); Baseball/Softball at Franklin (3:30)

Enjoy this evening.  Thank you.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 09, 2018:
Gilford Youth Center Summer Camp.pdf


posted May 7, 2018, 4:38 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We’ve gotten off to a good start to the state testing.  Overall, students were taking the assessment seriously and were working hard to improve their scores from last year’s state test.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week (including School Nurse’s Day on the 9th).  The folks from both the PTA and our VSC (Volunteer Steering Committee) are planning some special treats for our well-deserved staff.  I know that I am “preaching to the choir” when I say that our staff continues to do an amazing job in educating our students here in Gilford.

You should have already received an email regarding this summer’s Math Academy but I have also attached to this email, information/registration regarding this summer’s Gilford Got Lunch program.

Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Baseball and Softball at Inter-Lakes (4:00); Track Meet at Wolfeboro (4:00); School Board Meeting (6:00)

  • Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); Baseball and Softball at Gilmanton (4:00)

  • Thursday = Unified Indoor Soccer (3:30); Monster Band Concert (7:00) THIS IS A MUST SEE EVENT!! In the GHS auditorium.

  • Friday = 5th Grade Field Trip to Manchester; 8th Grade Field Trip to NHTI-Concord

This week’s tip from the Middle Years* - 1-2-3 Kindness - Being a kind person helps children form strong relationships and enjoy a greater sense of belonging at school and at home.  Try these steps to encourage kindness: 1. Develop Ideas. Together, brainstorm ways to show kindness. 2. Track actions. Divide a sheet of paper into boxes, and write an idea in each square.  Now look for opportunities to perform these acts of kindness. For each one completed, “x” it out. 3. Repeat. When the sheet if full, make a new one!

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


*Resources for Educators  May, 2018


posted Apr 30, 2018, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that you are enjoying both your vacation and this amazing weather we’re having today.  I think it is safe to say that winter is behind us. No, I do not believe in “jinxing.”

Forging ahead, the graduation date for Gilford High School is Sunday, June 17 at 10:00 at Meadowbrook.  Our 8th grade Moving Up Day is will be on Thursday, June 21 at 9:30 at GHS.

We will begin out state testing on Tuesday, May 1; this will continue throughout the month of May at different intervals for each of the grades; the 5th and 8th grades are up first doing their Science portion of the assessment followed by the 6th and 7th graders working on the English/Language Arts test.  Please be sure that your students eat and sleep well so that they can be at the top of their game. We do have headphones for students to use but your child may want to bring in their own. Please encourage your child to do their very best; it is important to see how they have shown improvement in their learning.

I have attached a flyer to this email regarding the Gilford Got Lunch program.  This contains information regarding registration as well as how you can help.

Next week’s events (please double-check with your coaches regarding games/meets):

  • Tuesday = Baseball and Softball (3:30)

  • Wednesday = Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30); Track Meet (4:00)

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your vacation!


Attachments available for 30 days until Thursday, May 24, 2018:
2018 summer app & school letter.pdf


posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I'll save the longer version with you sometime next week.  I just wanted to let you know the student body performed amazingly today during our lockdown/barricade drill.  They barricaded their classroom doors so well that the police were not able to get in.  They've done the school proud today.  They also asked some great questions and had insightful feedback for our SRO, Dan O'Neill regarding our drill today.

Speaking of doing the school proud, our 5th graders had their culminating event for DARE last night.  They all worked so hard during the course and their projects were very creative; some were the best I've ever seen!

Lastly, I hope that you have a wonderful vacation next week.  Take care.



posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:07 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  Overall, the students have been pretty awesome these past couple of weeks; this March to April vacation stretch can be a tough one on them (and us).  Kudos to you folks and my pretty awesome staff for helping the kiddos stay focused on school.

There is still time to order yourself or your child some cool Gilford Schools gear and help support the PTA at the same time!  Just visit the Gilford Store website to order some cool SWAG!

Our annual DARE culminating event for 5th graders will take place next Thursday at 6:00 in the high school auditorium.  Parents should drop off students in our cafeteria anytime between 5:15 and 5:45. Many thanks to Mr. Donovan and SRO O’Neill for taking the time to teach our students very valuable lessons on how to better make good decisions in their lives.

Please follow this link to Laconia High School’s HUOT Center and their summer program offerings.  They have two offerings this year for middle schoolers:  “Girls Technology Camp” from June 27-29 and “Arts and Technology Camp” from July 9-13.  Please visit the website for more information and on how to register.

Next Wednesday is our second 5th/6th grade after school social.  This is free to students and will run from 2:30-4:00. This is put on by our Student Council with great help from our volunteer steering committee.  They’ll be fun activities and treats for the students to enjoy!

Please remember that the PTA sponsored after school French program is currently running.  If you have signed up and have yet to attend; they’ll be at it again next Tuesday. Hope to see you there.  Merci!

I have attached to this email, the Gilford Parks and Rec newsletter for you to check out the wonderful offerings Herb Greene and his crew provide for the community.

I have also attached two flyers regarding our summer theatre camp program.  One for those interested in being part of the tech crew and the other for our wanna be thespians!

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


P.s.  How about those Red Sox?!

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